Investigative journalist Andy Ngo posted video Tuesday evening of what he described as a “brazen robbery” of an Ulta beauty retail outlet in Chicago, as stunned customers looked on in disbelief.
The video shows at least three people raking products off of shelves into what appear to be black garbage bags, as a male onlooker describes what he sees taking place.
“Uh-oh…look at this. Wow,” the man says as alarms can be heard in the background. “Look at this. Insane. Insane.
“Yo, this is in the middle of an Ulta, right now,” he says, as the suspected thieves continue cleaning off product shelves.
Stunned customers watch a brazen robbery at Ulta Beauty in Chicago: pic.twitter.com/12fG4R7DBh
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) September 28, 2021
“Look at this,” the man says as he films the alleged robbers collecting up their bags and running out of the front of the store. “Look at this. Insane. Insane.”
The Daily Mail reports that the alleged robbery took place at an Ulta Beauty store in Chicago’s Norridge suburb. They reportedly stole high-priced Christian Dior and Armani makeup, among other items.
Reactions to the video were all over the place on social media.
This the way a lot of people get their groceries now (Seattle area). And store clerks are told to do nothing about it. At some point everyone will begin to question why they are still paying for stuff. Then, I suppose everything will shut down.
— Wrong think extremist (@I_Need_A_Shave) September 28, 2021
Why does the black community think this is okay? Where is the outrage and how come their community leaders and celebrities don’t condemn this?
— St. Nico (@StNick0719) September 28, 2021
We enjoyed this in NYC with zero police last year protecting business, casually looting as if it was a shopping day… pic.twitter.com/86ND9voHLn
— Marshall S. Boprey 📸 (@MarshallBoprey) September 28, 2021
— Jenny Garcia Sharon (@jenny4congress) September 28, 2021
Hey @AOC thought they only did this to feed their families like at the bread stores.
— Mrs.Batch🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸 (@kimlovesdisney1) September 28, 2021
Soon all urban retail stores will just have to be like a big vending machine. No goods dispensed until you swipe your card.
— Schrödingers Cat (@Quantum_Cat_TX) September 28, 2021
The fact this crime is on the rise and government doesn’t seems to care (ie – SF just de criminalized shoplifting) means there is bigger play at work. For some reason government doesn’t want retail to be a thing. 10-15 years from now this type of shopping will just be stories
— Corona Sports Picks (@CoronaPicks) September 28, 2021
It’s the Summer of Love again pic.twitter.com/BzEuO3fnAD
— (((Maferegas))) (@maferegas) September 28, 2021
This is not new in Chicago. Thank you, @MrAndyNgo for bringing more awareness to this scourge!!
— Contraian Austinite (@Eat_play_party) September 28, 2021
The identity of the alleged thieves is not clear and it was reported that store managers called the police.
“At Ulta Beauty, the safety of our associates and guests is our highest priority,” the vice president of public relations for Ulta, Eileen Ziesemer, told Fox News. “We are aware of the criminal activity at our Norridge store over the weekend and are fully cooperating with local police as they conduct the investigation.”
Crime has been rising steadily in Chicago for more than a year as city officials and Cook County Prosecutor Kim Foxx have implemented left-wing reform policies that de-emphasize filing charges against shoplifters unless they had been charged with or convicted of 10 prior felonies or if they took more than $1,000 worth of items; the previous monetary threshold for felony shoplifting was $300.
According to CWBChicago, robberies like the one seen in the video above have become more frequent in Chicago in recent months, committed by so-called “shoplifting mobs,” the outlet said.
“Some of the biggest names in high fashion are losing thousands — sometimes tens of thousands — of dollars to a team of thieves that is storming into their stores to steal purses and handbags from display shelves,” the outlet reported, citing Chicago Police Department reports.
“The raids have been happening during afternoon hours along the Mag Mile and Rush Street corridors,” the outlet continued, referencing Chicago’s high-end retail sector the Magic Mile.
Retailers in other cities, including San Francisco, have experienced similar brazen daylight robberies.
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